|Avalon Waterways' Avalon Myanmar|
|Avalon Waterways charters the flight to Bhamo, Myanmar|
|The Burmese Tuk Tuk is a bit larger than elsewhere|
Avalon Waterways assures only the highest quality tuk tuks are used
|View of the Second Defile |
from the top deck of the Avalon Myanmar
More enlightening than the stupas were the people living on the island, who were charming, friendly and curious.
During our walk, Myo, our guide, explained some of the housing, family life, religion and working aspects of the Burmese living in this area. After visiting the home of an 80 year old “retired” carpenter and his family
|Carving the intricate designs in teak is|
done freeform and with simple hand tools.
|There is a beauty to the simple Burmese designs and lifestyle|
in this northern region of Myanmar
|Making offerings to the head nun. |
(I was chosen because I could actually easily kneel down!)
|The Nunnery Kitchen|
|This Buddhist temple was especially beautiful |
with the magnificent flowering tree next to it.
After a walk though too many ancient stupas to count we wandered back to the sampan that brought us back to the Avalon Myanmar for a rest before lunch.
Later in the afternoon we tied up near Katha where we were able to walk through the village. Though a bit frustrating that nobody else took advantage of this opportunity, the good news is I had the village to myself!
|Katha, Myanmar Middle School|
As I walked with them many of the children in the town became curious (as not many Westerners ever come here…and obviously most that do never leave the boat to interact with the locals) and then many adults did. Eventually, as I took photos of it seemed everyone in the village,
|You have to love the pinched cheek!|
The ensuing team photo pretty much says it all!
|Vegetables with garlic|
|Fish Paste with Red Onions|
|Spicy Whole Fish with Chinese Mustard|
|Fish Cake in Banana Leaves|
|Chinese Mustard with tomatoes, onions and cilantro|
|Soup with chicken, tofu, mushrooms, cilantro and...|